You have undertaken to write the mythic journey of your life. We read memoirs for many reasons. These reasons can perhaps be summarized into two: we want to be entertained and we need to be informed. In this post on the mythic journey of your life, I want to write about the second of those […]
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As you articulate your theme, ask yourself if this theme is really yours–does it reflect your present understanding of your story and of life itself?
While family and friends are a worthy readership for your memoir, it is possible to reach an even larger audience. Here are four suggestions to enable your story to appeal to a broader public. 1) Write a story that is truly well-written and whose reading—the prose itself—will bring joy to your reader. To do […]
Suspense and foreshadowing in your memoir are important. Plot is what happens in a story. For many readers, it is what keeps them a reading. There are some fiction techniques—namely suspense and foreshadowing—that you can use in your memoir to keep the reader reading. Today’s post explores these techniques.
There are two ways characters can speak in a story. One way is called direct dialogue. When you write: she said, open quotation how are you doing today” you are using direct dialogue. direct dialogue is characterized by quotation marks. When you use direct dialogue in a memoir, you are saying this is actually what […]
Depict the hero’s journey in your memoir. Perhaps you have never thought of yourself as a hero—but in fact you are one. It is the energy of your hero’s journey that has impelled you to write a memoir. Every memoir tells the story of a hero’s journey. It is the story of how the main […]
writers feel that adjectives give details to their story. they think of them as specific words. This may be true of some adjectives such as American or red. The same is not true of most adjectives. Some people think that an adjective here and there add depth in a memoir. Alas, this is often not […]
While most of us have many vivid memories of other times in our lives, it remains true that we have forgotten many sense details of our experience. These sense details are often elements that will draw the reader into the story. It is important to gather details for a memoir.
he setting of your memoir will tell us a lot about you and the people who were in your life. Many fiction writers give setting the prime role of character in their novels. As a memoir writer, you can also think of setting as a character in your memoir.
Use Sense Details—They Bring Us Into the Story The difference between a memoir and a personal essay has largely to do with how each affects us differently. A memoir is one heart speaking to another while a personal essay is one mind speaking to another.